Annus Horrbilis

2021 has certainly been a “horrible year”. Not only have we had to deal with a pandemic and thousands of human beings dying but in addition, we’ve also…

Sedition is a revolt or an incitement to revolt against established authority, usually in the form of TREASON or DEFAMATION against government.

Sedition is a crime in the United States under 18 U.S.C.A. § 2384 (2000), a federal statute that punishes seditious conspiracy, and 18 U.S.C.A. § 2385 (2000), which outlaws advocating the overthrow of the federal government by force.

A person commits the crime of advocating the violent overthrow of the federal government when he willfully advocates or teaches the overthrow of the government by force, publishes material that advocates the overthrow of the government by force, or organizes…

Mangrove estuaries are home to the rare American crocodile. While there are only two living species of alligators, there are over a dozen species of crocodiles found around the world.

Adult crocodiles can live in salt water, new hatchlings and young crocodiles actually need brackish water — a mixture of salt and fresh water. As sea level rises, it makes the water of the coastal zone saltier. Young crocodiles don’t grow as large in salt water, which results in higher mortality.

Crocodiles and alligators are very similar in appearance, but, upon closer inspection, some very subtle physical differences can be…

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 69% of U.S. adults say the United States has mostly failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan but most forget that the goals of the U.S. in Afghanistan were to degrade the capability of Al-Qaeda and prevent it from inflicting harm on Americans.

That goal was accomplished on May 2, 2011 when Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States and co-founder of Al-Qaeda was killed by U.S. forces during a raid on his compound hideout in Pakistan. …

People may understand that they should act in a certain way for the greater good, but as individuals, they are loathe to turn off their air conditioning or stop flying places for vacations — knowing that others will not be joining them. This is why government is the most frequent solution to “collective action problems”.

The meteorologist Edward Lorenz discovered that a simple model of heat convection possesses intrinsic unpredictability, a circumstance he called the “butterfly effect,” suggesting that the mere flapping of a butterfly’s wing can change the weather.

An extreme weather event or climate disaster has occurred every…

Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines — and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive — than at any point in the last two decades. A new survey of 10,000 adults nationwide finds that these divisions are greatest among those who are the most engaged and active in the political process.

The overall share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions doubled betweem 2004 and 2014 from 10% to 21%. And ideological thinking is now much more closely aligned with partisanship than in the past. …

In a recent article in the New York Times ( https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/13/opinion/Alabama-Covid-vaccine-politics.html?referringSource=articleShare ), associate professor of creative writing at Auburn University, Anton DiSclafani, writes “the idea of truth has suddenly become slippery. There is no truth, it seems. Only what you choose to believe, and how.

Mikhail Gorbachev, who oversaw the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989 after Moscow’s failed decade-long campaign there, said that NATO’s own deployment to the country had been doomed from the start. According to Former President of the Soviet Union Gorbachev, “Like many other similar projects at its heart lay the exaggeration of a…

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